Re: [Videolib] Cataloging Foreign Language Feature Films

Jessica Rosner (
Thu, 27 May 2004 12:05:26 -0400

OH PLEASE , PLEASE catalogue and ORDER them under their common English
titles. I go NUTS trying to figure out some POs that I get for titles
we have NO clue what they are. I used to think librarians were INSANE
for sending a P.O with some obscure Russian wording until it was explained
to me that whoever catalogues the record first on OCLC is making more or
less the definitive record. We have gotten P.Os for things we never heard of
and while we can USUALLY figure out the French or German, Russian and other
more obscure language are difficult.

I wish all the records would reflect the common use title

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: "Holly Sammons" <> > Reply-To: > Date: Thu, 27 May 2004 09:15:47 -0400 (EDT) > To: <> > Subject: [Videolib] Cataloging Foreign Language Feature Films > > Before I ask my question, let me preface it by saying I am NOT a > cataloger! But I am having a cataloging battle. > > I'd like my foreign language videos (dvd's and vc's)to be cataloged with > the primary title being English and the additional title in the language > the film was made (making it more user friendly). For instance, the film > "Shower" would have that as the primary title, and the Chinese title, "Xi > zao" would be the additional title. > > My contention is that the average patron would search for "Shower" not "Xi > zao"!!! I know the general rule about title page, but with a video there > is no way a patron can view the "title page" without putting it in a > machine! And often there is NOTHING on the container that says the > foreign language title. Titles on video packages are often in English. > > Is this reasonable? How do other libraries do it? My library's catalog is > so user unfriendly that this detail makes an enormous difference. > > Thanks in advance. > > -- > Holly Sammons, Librarian > Onondaga County Public Library > 447 So Salina St > Syracuse NY 13202 > 315-435-1894 > > > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > >

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